Monday, 21 February 2011

Deep Bone Contentment

My daughter Olivia, my eldest, is seven today.

She has had a four day event of a birthday.

(Her sixth birthday was a disaster - everything, sadly, had to be cancelled as a result of brother Charlie breaking his femur and being rushed to hospital. Poor little chick - she was utterly overlooked last year.)

Hence, this year, we have indulged her. Totally.

She is an amazingly good kid, so I kind of figure she SHOULD be spoiled for her birthday.

On Friday we met with friends for an extravagant gathering at a play cafe - the Wacky Warehouse, no less. A huge indoor play centre is not a run of the mill occurrence for my children, so this was treaty in the extreme.

On Saturday, the lovely husband took her off to the big shops to choose a timepeice - her very first watch. Later, we met family (including a lot of little cousins) for dinner at lovely husbands cricket club. Bistro food and too many fizzy drinks, birthday cake and candles,  and chasey round the oval were order of the evening.

And on Sunday, the main event, a party for all of her little friends, at a local dance studio, where they learned a funky little routine and put on a show for the parents, in between chips and lollies and pass the parcel.

And today is her actual birthday. I have baked biscuits for her to take to school, for all of her classmates to enjoy. The great unveil of the new bike will take place after school. (Lovely husband has assembled it in secret: the garage has been off limits...)

This evening we will enjoy Olivia's "best dinner" which is "bisgetti bolobnaise", the five of us, all together.

She is beside herself at the treatiness of it all: of so many delights over such an extended birthday.

And me? I am thrilled to be able to totally spoil and indulge her, for once.

She is utterly enchanted and excited and enthused by each new gift and by each new event. It is magical to watch my unspoilt girl being spoiled.

She is, as I have said before, an amazingly self assured and self possessed little girl. She is growing up so very quickly. She is
unselfconscious in her modest awareness of her increasing beauty. Her love of life is matched by her popularity, and by her inclusive nature and her kindness. She is a girl with charisma.

When she was born, seven years ago, I was blown away by an amazing sense of deep bone contentment, at finally having a baby in my arms, a baby that was Olivia. She was, and still is, an absolute gift to me.

And now, I am blown away again that such a beautiful creature is my daughter. I am, quite simply, inordinately proud of her.

Happy Birthday my sweet Olivia. I love you. So much.


  1. Wow, what a beautiful post! She really does sound like a great kid. Happy birthday to Miss Olivia xxx

  2. keepcatebusy (Cate)February 21, 2011

    Happy birthday little cutey!! It must be a really good time to be turning 7 (my monkey turned 7 on thurs) - all the best chickies are obviously born in feb 04!

  3. She's so gorgeous. Happy birthday to your beautiful girl! x

  4. Lucy, I adore your posts about your family.
    Olivia is absolutely beautiful, and so very lucky to have you as her mum.

    Happy birthday, Olivia!!

  5. Oh Lucy she is divine. Such a beautiful post from such a beautiful mum. I love the picture of you and Olivia - says it all. xxxx

  6. Aww, this is so beautiful. I'm not surprised you've got such a beautiful and even tempered little lady. She's got you for a Mum, it was always going to happen. Mwah. Gorgeous post, lovingly written.

  7. Holly @ Good Golly Miss Holly!February 21, 2011

    Happy birthday beautiful girl x

  8. You know what Lucy, she looks like a good kid! Happy Birthday Olivia.

  9. Happy birthday Olivia! Birthdays should last a week. Let's make it mandatory ...

  10. Happy Birthday Olivia!

    She is just gorgeous and this is a beautiful post from you

  11. She's a sweetheart through and through (and how much does she look like her gorgeous mum! Shhh, don't tell her I said that!). I think a birthday should be all about he spoilage so you've just gone to town and she deserves every bit of it. My Arabella is the same sort of 'self-raising' child, so i know how thrilled you must be to be able to light her up and indulge her like that. x

  12. aurora kostezkyFebruary 21, 2011

    Beautiful post. Aren't children gems?

  13. You two look so alike...gorgeous

  14. Andrea - Reaveling the Real MeFebruary 21, 2011

    Just beautiful - she sounds like an exquisite little creature and how lucky you are to watch her blossom!

  15. Maggie @ Looking For My FeetFebruary 21, 2011

    Awww happy birthday to her! She sounds like an absolute delight!

  16. It can't be seven years since I received a text letting me know that your much longed for bub was finally here!! Happy Birthday gorgeous gorgeous Olivia. And well done to you too Lucy for producing and nurturing such a lovely daughter xxx

  17. Gorgeous girl, gorgeous Mum. Happy 7th birthday xxx

  18. You are so blessed Lucy. You have such a beautiful family. xx

  19. Happy Birthday to the (gorgeous) birthday girl! You made me tear up with this post. Just beautiful x


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